Our team to face Manchester United – what’s yours?

by Matthew Harris on September 28, 2012

This used to be so easy – 4-4-1-1 with VDV playing behind a lone striker and you could churn this stuff out every week. Under Andre Villas-Boas however, it’s a massive struggle even to call the formation, let alone the personnel.

That isn’t intended as a dig at AVB but the new head coach may have already used more formations than Harry did in four years and it makes any prediction so much harder. After using attacking options against Reading and in the second half at QPR, could we see a return to a more defensive 4-2-3-1 at Old Trafford?

That could be a logical move but if Jake Livermore is still injured, who can play alongside Sandro as the second holding midfielder? Will we switch to 4-5-1 and try not to complicate things too much.

Elsewhere, AVB will have to choose between Lloris and Friedel in goal and Defoe and possibly Adebayor (if fit) up front. It would probably be a surprise not to see Brad and JD but the questions then start in defence.

Vertonghen seems likely to cover BAE at left back but will Caulker or Dawson partner Gallas in the centre? Then, of course, comes the midfield.

An element of guesswork has therefore gone into this line-up but what’s your view?

280912104011 Our team to face Manchester United – what’s yours?

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

TonyRich September 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

BBC claim that Naughton could return….and could simplify it back to Gallas + Vertonghen in central defence. We should stick to the 4-2-3-1 because Dembele will be needed far deeper. Lennon, Siggy, Bale will be deeper too, and alas Defoe will end up being starved – as per usual.


Charles September 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I like the line up just not sure about Gallas.If i had to make a change it would be Dawson in for Gallas.


Jimbo September 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

That’s the line-up I’d pick (still debating over a Dempsey/Sigi swap though).

This is the game where Defoe really gets to prove himself about leading the line.

We’ve actually looked a little dodgier with 2 holding midfielders so I’d stick with just Sandro (Livermore scares me a little after his last performance).

What is it we Spurs say about daring and doing? Let’s go for it! Better to lose trying than to sit back and lose anyway!


Jimbo September 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Oh, and I’d also opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation.


hot.spur September 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

All though friedel our number 1.i would put lloris in goal beacuse hes great on the attacking side of play fron kicks hes class.my team lloris,walker.gallas. Caulker.vertinghan.bale.sandro.demeble.lennon.dempsey.defoe


try September 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm

if naughton is fit id play him left back and jan in centre instead of gallas.
the rest of the squad looks good

but then again who else could realistically start any way?


4EverSpurs September 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Dawson, Vert
Lennon, Sandro, Moussa, Bale
Ade (if well enough) if not Defoe


KP September 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

A starting 10 at Old Trafford….bold move


Istillluvking September 29, 2012 at 12:24 am

Should be enough to go there;-)


Dave September 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I would start Lloris, his distribution as he showed against Lazio is far better, and he takes a better command of his area, that’s why he’s the French captain


Stevie T September 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Agree in the main. Dawson maybe hasn’t enough games yet to replace Gallas so may be a bit rusty still for this game? Would stick with Vertongen at left back rather than bring Naughton back yet. Also would toy with Dempsey instead of Siggy maybe. I would have gone with a fully fit Hudd perhaps but we know he is not quite there yet so bit of a gamble to start with him in this game.


Stevie T September 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Why change the keeper and give Lloris his Premiership debut at Old Trafford? If it went pearshape he could have all his confidence knocked out of him in his first game? I agree his distribution looked very good but Lazio didn’t really apply any pressure on him.


Tyrone September 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. I think we can give United a run for their money this weekend, keep the same team as we did second half against QPR. Dawson is nowhere near fit enough.







TonyRich September 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

…that was at home to QPR…this is Man U away…”slightly” different… Are we going to rely on them scoring a own goal too? I am less confident than many here because QPR looked like the home side for large parts of the game. Better performance is required.


Istillluvking September 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

That team looks spot on to me.
I think we will struggle as usual though. We never get the rub of the green at old trafford.
Still I think we will sneak a point.
2-2. (They will probably get their second on a wrongly awarded penalty in the 93. or something sick like that……)
You heard it here first.



Jaboa September 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I know friedel playing well in goal I just think lloris would do better against united my team would be? Gk,lloris,rb walker, cb vertonghen,cb caulker,lb naughton,lw bale,rw Lennon/Townsend.for,Defoe and adebayor ?????


Jaboa September 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Sorry I forgot that we had soggy and dembele lol


Jaboa September 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’d play siggy and sandro and dembele through the mid but sandro to sit just in front of the defence


neil the yido September 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Dawson every day ahead of Gallas for me


KP September 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

We need to play a 4-4-1-1


Walker Cualker Daws Jan

Lennon Sandro Dembele Bale




George September 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The referee,whoever he is simply will not allow us to get a result.If the scoreline is a draw or Man u are losing (which I doubt coz of dodgy descions) at 90 min it’s simply a case of play till they draw or win.It’s a no win situation for Spurs.The Premiership/F.A is more crocked than the Mafia.


Mark September 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I would play Ade if he was fit, he will bring other players in more and we could do with his height in the box.


SilberSpurs September 29, 2012 at 12:47 am

Walker Gallas Caulker Vert
Sandro Dembele
Lennon Dempsey Bale

Shocking to me that AVB didn’t play Lloris in the C.Cup. Don’t know why he wouldn’t give him as many games outside the league as he can so he can bring him up to speed. It’s not like Cudicini is ever going to be our keeper, but Lloris is world class. Need to bring him up to speed on English football asap imo.


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